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New grant awarded to create financial literacy toolkit for underserved youth

Financial skills are key for youth


Associate professor and Extension specialist Joyce Serido
Associate professor and Extension specialist Joyce Serido

Joyce Serido, Family Social Science associate professor and Extension specialist, has been awarded a Mary T. O’Neill mini-grant from the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education. She and her Extension colleague, Sharon Powell, will develop a financial toolkit to engage underserved youth. Young people will engage in a process of financial self-discovery to raise awareness about the connections between the choices they make and the impact on their well-being. The team will partner with local youth-serving organizations to pilot the materials in out of school programs.

“Money management is an essential life skill that youth will need to provide for themselves and for their families,” says Serido. “Although school-based financial education is helpful, youth are not always able to see how what they learn applies in their life.”

The financial toolkit will include training videos and activities to encourage youth to learn from both good and bad choices.  The activities will help youth:

  • Make the connection between the choices they make
  • Understand the outcome of those choices
  • Earn badges for their efforts

“Out-of-school programs offer an ideal context for youth to acquire financial skills and to understand why those skills are relevant in their lives,” says Serido. “Our goal is to help youth understand money beyond ‘buying stuff’ and encourage youth to make choices in line with their values and goals.”

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